The Foxes will surely be under pressure.
Last updated: March 11, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The King Power Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Leicester City got closer to the title after their success over Watford at Vicarage Road last weekend. The game was very difficult for The Foxes, however, Riyad Mahrez secured the three points with his brilliant goal in the 56th minute. Now, Claudio Ranieri’s players feel they can win the title, but they will be under pressure against 19th-placed Newcastle United.
The Magpies lost 1-3 to Bournemouth in the previous Premier League round. They showed again that they have serious problems in defence. Newcastle United haven’t kept a clean sheet in an away game since 7th November 2015 when they beat The Cherries 1-0 at The Vitality Stadium. In addition, The Magpies lost 11 of their 14 matches away from St. James’ Park this season. Steve McClaren’s players are among the worst visitors in The Premier League (7 points).
Leicester City won three consecutive games against Newcastle United. The Foxes smashed The Magpies 3-0 at St. James’ Park earlier this season. Jamie Vardy, Ulloa and Okazaki scored for Leicester City. 23 of 40 matches at The King Power Stadium have finished with victories for Claudio Ranieri’s team.
N’Golo Kante has recovered from his injury. The French midfielder is expected to be included in the starting eleven by Claudio Ranieri.
Matty James remains the only injured player in Leicester City’s squad. The midfielder is close to recovery, but the manager won’t risk him.
Newcastle United’s key defender, Fabricio Coloccini has received a calf muscle strain. The last time the Argentinian played was against Chelsea on 13th February 2016.
Mbabu, Cisse, Obertan, Haidara, Krul, Mbemba and Toney are also injured for The Magpies. Newcastle are still among the teams with highest number of injured players.
Quotes of the week
Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) :
“We are not nervous, our job is done and our job was to save the team.”
Steve McClaren (Newcastle) :
“I don’t care who the manager is, but the club will get out of this.”
|Leicester (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.|
|Subs||Gray, Wasilewski, King, Schlupp, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler|
|Newcastle (4-2-3-1):||Elliot, Dummett, Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Colback, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Townsend, Mitrovic|
|Subs||Saivet, Doumbia, Darlow, Ayoze, Tiote, Aarons, Riviere.|
|Injured:||Anita, Mbabu, Krul, Obertan, Haïdara, Cisse, Mbemba, Coloccini.|
So far this season
|Leicester this season||Newcastle this season|
|8 (9)||(at home) Wins (away)||4 (2)|
|3-0 vs. Stoke, Swansea and Newcastle||Biggest win||6-2 vs. Norwich|
|5 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (1)|
|1 (2)||(at home) Losses (away)||5 (11)|
|2-5 to Arsenal||Biggest Defeat||1-6 to Man City|
|Vardy (19)||Top scorer||Wijnaldum (9)|
|Mahrez (11)||Assist Leader||Sissoko (5)|
|Y42, R1||Discipline||Y46, R4|
|3||Failures to score||12|
|18||Both Teams to Score Games||13|
|17||Over 2.5 Games||15|
|12||Under 2.5 Games||13|
- The Magpies have lost their last 6 Premier League matches away from St. James’ Park. They have recorded only 2 away victories this season.
- Leicester City have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches at The King Power Stadium. The Foxes conceded just 2 goals in these games.
- Claudio Ranieri’s team recorded 8 victories from their 14 home games this season. They lost only once in The Premier League at The King Power Stadium.
- Newcastle United have kept a clean sheet only once in their last 13 Premier League matches. They did it against West Brom on 6th February 2016 (1-0).
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|21/11/15||The Premier League||Newcastle 0-3 Leicester||J. Vardy 45′|
|02/05/15||The Premier League||Leicester 3-0 Newcastle||L. Ulloa 1′|
|03/01/15||The FA Cup||Leicester 1-0 Newcastle||L. Ulloa 39′|
|18/10/14||The Premier League||Newcastle 1-0 Leicester||G. Obertan 71′|
|30/01/10||The Championship||Leicester 0-0 Newcastle||—|